Followers of this blog will know we spend a lot of time walking around Rowney Woods in Essex. I’ve never had a huge amount of success with finding interesting funghi to photograph…until this year when the place is absolutely teaming with the stuff!


Every year I take part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk – groups of photographers meet up in towns and cities around the word and go out and take pictures – proceeds go to charity. So far I have photographed Bishop’s Stortford, Ozford, Much Hadham and this year Hertford.

I drive through Hertford three times a week but I’ve never visited – the most I have seen is the daily traffic jam on Gascoigne Way. So it was nice to have a look around the town – a town, as it turns out, that is steeped in history. Because of that history it felt right to give this picture a strong vintage feel.


Another of my more regular haunts for photography. This is the lake in the middle of Hatfield Forest, always a good spot for a sunset and we were treated to a belter this Sunday evening.


Jungle Jo visited Bishops Stortford Camera Club this last week and brought along a selection of her weird and wonderful creatures, stick insects, scorpions, snakes, tarantulas, big hairy spiders and this fella!


A slightly unusual shot for me, taken looking down at the train level of Stansted Airport, this couple definitely had a two different definitions of running for the train!


I’ll sometimes go out with a very particular idea of what sort of picture I want to create. I don’t always achieve what I’m looking for, but when it comes off I do feel such pleasure in the final image.

This is one such shot, a long exposure black and white shot of the John Webb Windmill at Thaxted…just what I had envisaged before leaving to take the picture.


Look through this web site and you’ll see many shots of Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow…not least becasue I only live about 20 yards from it 😉

I’ve never had any issues photographing this until today. Whilst photographing this I was approached by a woman who demanded to know what I was doing. I explained I was photographing the sunset over the pond – she thought I was photographing her…I assured her I wasn’t and showed her the images I had taken…this was not good enough for her though and she felt I should have asked her permission to take these pictures – I told her in no uncertain terms that that was not going to happen. You’ll notice in the below image…you can’t see her…’nuff said!

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One of my more regular places to photograph is Rowney Woods near Debden and Saffron Walden in Essex. This, as you will gather, was not taken in the woods, but rather out on the wheat fields behind the woods. The farmer had just harvested the wheat and had left these large bales of straw on the field. This was shot at sunset (as I’m sure you can work out). This image definitely benefits from being seen full screen – just click it and you’ll get the larger version.


Continuing on my Blackpool odessy we have another shot, this time showing the full North Pier at Blackpool along with the Blackpool Tower. This started off as a wide panorama…but It was a bit dull so I changed it into a Little Planet as you see here, which I like much more.


We have been inundated with Peacock butterflies over the last few weeks in our garden in Great Dunmow. Despite the cats best efforts at catching them they have continued to visit the budlea that they seem so fond of.

I really liked this main picture, because you really don’t see many shots of Peacock butterflies from this angle:

Of course, it would be wrong not to show you the butterfly in all its splendour as well:

A Peacock Peacock on our wall in Great Dunmow